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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

What's in a Name?

And that's how embarrassing nicknames are born, boys and girls! (There's one for the scrapbook, eh, Beth S.?)

Well, Gabe Z., you have to admit that "Jason" is a really rare and hard-to-spell name - especially here in the U.S.

I suppose if the baby had been named Joey, or if this was a shower for a baby kangaroo, the inscription would have been fine. Unfortunately, neither of those was the case.

On an unrelated note: I totally want to reach into the picture and rip off those silly plastic balloons. And on an even more unrelated note: is that a chicken foot in the upper right-hand corner? What the heck, Leah T.?

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Reader Comments (89)

When I saw "Little bundle of Joey" I thought it was a deliberate pun--if so, terribly cute (only if the kid's name is Joey/Joseph/Josephine/Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabbadoo).

But Swetty is just carelessness.

I also thought the chicken-foot was a cookie jar or other such "homey" piece of householdery that you can make at your local mudhouse or buy at the farmer's market.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterOphelia

But doesn't it make you feel sad?

If people are that violently uneducated and flat-out stupid to be misspelling "sweetie" and "joy" as ADULTS.....I guess the problems that we are having now as a country are to be expected. :( Especially in this age of instant Internet on cell phones, computers and PDAs, not checking spelling is really shameful.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNYSailorScout

I can only imagine that being a production-line decorator would desensitize one to misspellings, the way saying a word over and over makes it sound funny eventually....
I'm trying to think the nicest thing I can about those decorators who seem to have an indisputable fascination with creative spelling, partnered with an apparent aversion to reviewing one's work!
Very funny and enjoyable blog, thank you for the daily diversion. And, you're absolutely right about cupcake cakes.
Have a sweet day!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZ_gal

I don't know if I could eat a cake that says "swetty" so disgusting. I must admit I was a little surprised you didn't comment on the odd placement of all the booties. I had a good laugh on this one. Actually all of your posts make me giggle.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArtfulife

The writing on the "Joey" cake is fabulous.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfat girl

Since everyone's now into "unique" name spellings for their children, I believe "Jason" is spelled "Jaysin".

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Y'know, having looked at the St. Phillip's Bakery site, I really, really doubt if those tacky, mis-matched balloons were put on there by that bakery. Truly, they seem way too classy for that. Not perfect, no--obviously the mis-spelling came from there!

But on the balloons, somehow I think that's the buyer's goof, not the bakeries. ("Seems a little plain, don't it? Let's dress it up some, wit {stab!} these purty balloons, see?" And then no one had the heart to tell Granny they were awful....)

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersunlizzard

I think that it's supposed to be "Jasmyn"

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm starting to wonder if the public school system is breaking down in the reading department. These just keep getting worse and worse.
But I love love love me a good laugh!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkristin

I just love all the optimism in you guys, making excuses for the decorator's spelling errors. However, for the record:

The name really was "Jason", and was spelled out for the bakery.

It was supposed to be bundle of "Joy", and no, no one in the family was named Joe, Joey, Joie, etc.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian Morgan

I have to admit that my daughter's name is Hanae (my mil wanted the more traditional so that's why its the other! but its pronounced like the more traditional spelling of Hannah) so you never know w/ the top one. I agree wholeheartedly about the balloons on the bottom cake. Too bad about "joey". The rest of the cake is okay.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersues2u2

Was the the Joey cake from somewhere in the south? Because I can just hear it in my head:'An thain rat own theyat cayke, Liddle Bunndle of Joey' I lived in Alabama for a while, and my mom's cousin Tina pronounced her own name Taeena!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Wow, if they are welcoming what i assume is a baby, and the thing is already sweaty it is going to make one smelly, grasy adult!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwhywouldyouknitthat

I LOVE this blog. It makes me so happy. It is not too often these days that I laugh until I cry.
I am a loyal and regular reader!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'd eat a big slice of the first cake for sure. I'm a chocolate freak and aside from the big, gloppy lettering, the cake looks edible. The second one.......OMG. I honestly could not tell for a whole minute what that was supposed to say! Such sloppy work and then the wrong spelling as well!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

I apologize for the double, but I just realized I had the order of the cakes mixed up! The chocolate one was second and the horrible accident from a handwriting class was first. Whoops!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCalantha

My sons name is Joey. I find myself adding the "e" when I write or type the word joy. I really have to watch this. I bet the cake decorator has a Joey at home. But you think she would catch the error.

Or maybe it was a baby shower for a kangaroo.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfuzzandfuzzlet

It took me several long looks to determine that those blobby-things on little swetty's cake were supposed to be booties! I thought maybe they were catepillars wearing terrycloth robes or something....

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterA Paperback Writer

What a great blog you've got going here. Always puts a smile on my face! Thank you for your incredible sence of humor!!!


September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why do I love your blog? I'm a writer and cake decorating is one of my hobbies. Love your clever cake commentary! LOL every time I visit. Keep up the good work.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I had to do a double-take with "Jaysm" because at first glance I thought it said "Jasm," which would be a truly unfortunate nickname indeed.
Although with some of the more, ahem, unique names I've been seeing kids with lately, I wouldn't be surprised if that is for some poor soul named Jaysm.

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I too think that the balloons on the joey cake were done after the fact. There seems to be a nice design underneath the baloons, and the mispelling aside, it is a great looking cake to have someone squash those icky balloons on there!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

It is official. I adore your blog so much you are going on my blogroll. Is that okay? I hope so because I already added you. I even wrote a whole post about you! Oh, and I think the chicken is a ceramic decoration of some sort. Festive!

September 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHey You

What? Misspelling "Chris" as "Ohio" doesn't qualify for this post? Harumph.

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Well, I envy the writing abilities of the person that made that last cake, even if they can't spell "Joy".


September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One from my family history, many years ago: a cake to Antonyh. Well, my granma did ask for "Anthony with an H".

September 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

My son just came home from school and asked me "Am I your little bundle of joey?" To which I replied "Of course you are, swetty pie" lol!

September 19, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterperfidious sinn

The only explanation on the "Jaysm" one I can think of is that it's not an American name. I was in a meeting yesterday with a guy named "Jayasimha" who goes by "Jason" in the US (as that's the closest pronunciation). It could be a butchering of an Indian or other name.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSmitha

To preface this story, my name is Lacey. I wish I had a picture to accompany this, but it happened several years ago, before the idea of documenting it for the internet would have occurred to me ;) My birthday, my mother's, and my grandmother's all fall within a week of each other in February/March. One year, we were visiting my great aunt around then, and she got a birthday cake for the three of us. She brought it out, and I (only I) noticed that the inscription read "Happy Birthday Charlotte, Mary, and Larry". Yep... Larry. Sigh.

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLalaith

'lil swetty' was supposed to be lil SWEETY... as in sweetheart. hahaha

September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's not a chicken-- it's a storks foot! However, still a fail. Absolute fail. Ahahaha.

October 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

One year, my darling husband Jason got a cake with his named spelled "Jashon" really, is it that hard people?

October 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterImmortal Beloved

i went to school with a kid name Jaysm.
and it really was his name.

October 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Actually - you could look at "bundle of joey" as quite witty, if the babies name was Joey.



March 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The funny thing about the "Joey" cake is that this spelling mistake happened to my Aunty, but on her birth certificate.
My nonna couldn't write English, so when my aunty was born she asked my mother (who was 13) to write the name Vanessa Joy Marin, but because of her accent my mum thought she said Joey and wrote that instead.

May 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYeahGemma

I think it's a penguin foot to be honest with you....still weird though

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrytne

Swetty's cake is sweating sprinkles

December 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I have pains from laughing so much...this blog is ace! ;) xx

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes Lady

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